Mets are finally spending money, but have lots to do
Those were the words of Curtis Granderson, the Mets biggest offseason addition since Sandy Alderson took over as General Manager after the 2010 season. Alderson signed the former Yankees outfielder to a four-year, $60 million deal. Days later, he signed 40-year-old pitcher Bartolo Colon to a two-year, $20 million deal. After three years of spending next to nothing, the Mets have spent more than $87 million combined on Granderson, Colon, and outfielder Chris Young.
Have the Mets got better this offseason? Yes. Are they a playoff contender? No. Alderson has to get some credit for bringing in an outfielder and a pitcher who have played in New York and know what it takes to win in the Big Apple. Granderson battled injury for the first time in his career last season, but hit 84 home runs in 2011-2012. Colon was one of the best pitchers in baseball in 2013, going 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA. The veteran pitcher solidifies a Mets starting rotation that will be without ace Matt Harvey in 2014. Young got a $7.25 million deal for one year after hitting just .200 last season with the Athletics. They gave him more money than he probably deserved, but on a one-year deal, it won’t hurt the Mets in the long run.
This team still has plenty of holes that need to be filled and not much money remaining to fill them. The biggest question mark may be at shortstop, where Ruben Tejada would be slated to be the Opening Day starter right now. Alderson will be looking for an affordable option in the coming weeks, but it doesn’t look like Stephen Drew will be in their price range. Expect them to acquire a young player, maybe someone like Didi Gregorius from the Diamondbacks. They also have to figure out their first base situation. It looks like Ike Davis will be traded at some point, but there have been mixed reports on what the Mets can actually get for him. It might be best if they just keep Davis next season and hope for him to get back to the way he played in 2012, where he hit 32 home runs. The Mets also have some spots in the bullpen that need to be filled with the uncertainty of Bobby Parnell at the back of the bullpen.
The Kings of Queens are a shortstop and some bullpen help away from being a team that could play some meaningful games in September for the first time since 2008. They are still a couple of pieces away and with limited money left in the budget, don’t expect the Mets to be a playoff team next season. 2015 is beginning to look like the year where the Mets return to October. The pieces are being put into place, and brighter days are ahead for Terry Collins' team.